Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Chris Davies - Aug 2, 2016
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Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips looks set to add hands-free smarts to its Hue lighting system, with word of a new Hue Motion Sensor sneaking out ahead of the gadget’s launch. A mainstay of many smart home installations, Hue’s wirelessly-enabled bulbs can be controlled by various means, including the company’s iOS and Android apps, from a smartwatch, the Hue Tap switch, and basic scheduling, but if you wanted motion-triggers you had to look to third-party platforms.

That looks set to change with the Hue Motion Sensor, at least according to a recent FCC filing and a prematurely-posted product page in Germany. Philips has packed a motion sensor and an ambient light sensor into what appears to be a roughly 2-inch square, which hooks up to your Hue network’s ZigBee connection.

Thanks to ZigBee’s super-frugal power requirements, Philips can apparently power the sensor with a couple of AAA batteries, though it’s unclear at this point how long they’ll run for before you need to replace them.

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According to one German retailer, the Hue Motion Sensor has a 100-degree field of detection and a range over five meters. The ambient light sensor is presumably used to avoid turning your Hue bulbs on when it’s daylight; that way, you could have the bathroom lights turn on when you stumble in at 2am, but not when it’s noon and the sun is shining.

Motion-triggering is one of the more commonplace features of many smart home platforms, and with a SmartThings kit, for instance, you could fairly easily hook up a battery-powered motion detector and link it to Hue bulbs (or, indeed, remote-controlled outlets or other brands of connected bulb). That’s still probably more complex for mainstream users than is preferable, not to mention it involves the expense of buying a whole home automation platform.

In contrast, at least going by German pricing, the Hue Motion Sensor will be a mere 40 Euros, suggesting pricing in the US – where the FCC filing would suggest a launch is definitely on the cards – at around the $40 mark.

According to the Germans, it’ll arrive on September 7 this year, or shortly after IFA 2016.

VIA Zatz Not Funny
SOURCE FCC; Alza


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